Do you love something so much that you’d want it on your skin for the rest of your life? Has a video game ever meant so much to you that you considered getting it tattooed on your body? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you’re not alone. Many passionate gamers have chosen to have their favorite games immortalized on their bodies with iconic characters and logos, literally wearing their hearts on their sleeve.
Video game related tattoos are gaining popularity as the medium evolves and becomes more mainstream. Epic Games creative director Cliff Bleszinski has even urged developers and future game creators to consider all aspects of marketing their properties, like creating iconic quotes or logos that would make good tattoos. The Gears of War crimson omen is a perfect example, and has been emblazoned upon the skin of numerous fans.
So what about Xbox Live Arcade games? Surely the XBLA has a number of iconic games in its library, but can a downloadable video game that costs $5 to $15 be worthy of a tattoo like Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy or Halo can? You might be surprised as to what (and where) fervent XBLA fans are willing to get tattoos. Here are some of our favorite XBLA game tattoos, signifying the ultimate fan.